The Panthers improved to 6-7 with a 10-0 victory over New London Monday night. Pekin scored four in the third and three more in the fourth and fifth innings for the mercy-shortened conference road win.
Senior center fielder Zoey Wright was 3-3 at the plate with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored while Ellie Ledger Erika Coleman and Allison Bainbridge all hit safely multiple times, as well. Along with Wright’s long ball, the sophomore Coleman and junior Emilee Linder went deep for the Panthers.
Junior Cari Duwa went the full five in the ring, throwing 44 pitches and allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and zero strikeouts.
Pekin will travel to Southeast Iowa Super Conference rival Winfield-Mt. Union tonight before hosting West Burlington on Friday.
Cardinal is 2-1 so far this week with wins over New London and Iowa Mennonite after losing to Melcher-Dallas on Monday.
The Comets allowed four runs in the first to start the week, but fought back in the home half of the opening frame to cut their deficit to just one run. Melcher-Dallas added another score in the second and fifth innings before plating the two decisive runs in the top of the sixth. Cardinal scored three more in the bottom of the sixth to bring it to 8-6 but M-D held on for the two-run victory.
Freshman Caitlyn Reber was 3-5 out of the leadoff spot with a run scored while juniors Maddie Cloke and Lydia Moses also hit safely multiple times for the Comets.
Kassidy Verrips threw 127 pitches over seven innings, allowing eight runs, four earned, on nine hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.
The Comets are off until Monday when they travel to nearby Van Buren for an SEISC duel.
The Warriors knew they had to take down West Burlington Tuesday night if they wanted to work their way into first place, unfortunately, the Falcons recorded a 6-2 victory over visiting Van Buren.
Randy Smith’s squad only reached base five times with one of those a drawn walk and the team was only able to scrap together two runs in the fourth. Although that pair of scores gave the Warriors a two-run advantage, the home team responded with the six runs they accumulated all in the top of the fifth.
Ally Cambell started the game in the circle and went four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts. Chelsey Huff tossed three innings of relief and gave up one hit for the Warriors.
Van Buren is on the road Thursday at Wapello and Friday at Mediapolis before hosting Cardinal Monday.